Skip to main content

Contact us to arrange your
FREE initial consultation

Call me back Email us

Suffering a back injury at work is an unfortunately common outcome of an unsafe work environment.

Employers owe their employees a duty of care – this means that they have a duty of take reasonable care of their employees, for example, providing employees with a safe work environment, providing adequate training, protecting them from dangerous machinery and providing appropriate protection equipment.

Where employers breach their common law duty of care or their statutory obligations under the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 or Employers’ Liability (Defective Equipment) Act 1969, employees are susceptible to suffering from a back injury at work.

We have advised claimants in a variety of back injury claims whilst at working, ranging from falls from height, crushing injuries, manual handling/lifting injuries, or slips and trips leading to a back injury.

On average, annually, 12% of all spinal cord injuries in the UK are a result of an accident at work.  If an accident was reasonably foreseeable and employees can show that their employer was negligent, then there may be claim for compensation for a back injury. 


Spinal Injury Claims and Compensation frequently asked questions

What is a spinal cord injury?

A spinal cord injury is damage to the spinal cord that causes temporary or permanent changes in the function of the cord. The spinal cord is a bundle of nerves which travel from the brain to the rest of the body, telling the rest of the body how to move, control vital functions like blood pressure, breath, control bladder and bowels and feel pressure. Therefore having a spinal cord injury is life changing.

Suffering a traumatic back injury at work could leave you with paraplegia which affects the sensation and movement in the legs and possibly stomach muscles this could leave you with paralysis or impaired function. However if damage is done to the spinal cord in the neck this leads to tetraplegia which affects the movement and sensation is both legs and arms and chest muscles.

The severity of the injury depends on whether the injury is complete or incomplete, terms used by medical professionals to differentiate between having some muscle function and sensation below the injury site and none.

Recovery and rehabilitation

Recovery and rehabilitation following a traumatic spinal injury can take a long time, with anything from three to nine months in hospital, dependent upon the injury and individual.

Once out of hospital continued rehabilitation with the help of occupational therapists and adaptations to the living environment will help but the Spinal Injuries Association suggest that recovery can still take approximately two years to reach full potential with regards to regaining movement and sensation following the injury.

Some people are able to return to work after a spinal injury but many are not and having lost time at work there can be a significant financial impact to the sufferer and their family.

Making a spinal injury accident at work claim

We assist our clients in getting interim payments as early as possible to cover rehabilitation, house modifications and the purchase of specialist equipment which can allow them to get back to life and if possible work as soon as possible.

If you or a member of your family have sustained a traumatic back injury as a result of an accident at work then contact our team for a quick, no obligation discussion on whether you can make a claim. 

Get help today
  • No upfront costs & no win, no fee
  • Expert rehabilitation help
  • Free & no obligation initial advice

Meet your specialist team

Our specialist Spinal Injury Claims and Compensation team are considered leaders in the field and have a significant amount of expertise.
Kim Milan

Kim Milan

Senior Partner

Claire Roantree headshots

Claire Roantree


Martin Anderson

Martin Anderson

Associate Solicitor

Male placeholder headshot

Oliver Dugdale


Beth Hatton headshoot

Beth Hatton


Kim Milan
Claire Roantree headshots
Martin Anderson
Male placeholder headshot
Beth Hatton headshoot

Related news

Related cases

What is a personal injury claim?

What are the time limits for making a personal injury claim?

Who can make a personal injury claim?

Why would court proceedings be issued for a personal injury claim?

How long do personal injury compensation claims take?

How will personal injury compensation be paid?

How do I get started with making a personal injury claim?

What evidence will I need to make a personal injury claim?

What injuries can lead to a personal injury compensation claim?

Who can we help make a personal injury claim?

If I make a claim for compensation, will I need to go to court?

Under what circumstances would a personal injury claim require a court hearing?

What compensation can I claim for serious injury?

What is an interim payment?

How do our clients benefit from using a personal injury solicitor?

How are personal injury claims funded?

Spinal injury cases

View all

Awards & accreditations

Our medical negligence and personal injury teams have been nationally recognised for over 20 years because of their expertise, empathy and commitment to securing maximum compensation for our clients.

              Lifetime Lawyers Logo Brake | The Road Safety Charity

What our clients say


Kim at Boyes Turner was recommended to me after I had received ineffective service from another company. From the outset, Kim has been professional, reassuring and supportive. I have always had faith in her ability to get the best outcome, not only financially, but also in helping my rehabilitation from a traumatic brain injury. She is friendly and empathetic, with unquestionable professional integrity. She was quick to grasp the important issues in my case, was meticulous in her investigating the details and analysing them, realistic in what the outcomes were likely to be and achieved a successful outcome.

I would not hesitate in recommending her and Boyes Turner.

Boyes Turner Client

"Amazing people"

Almost 5 years ago my sons suffered a life changing brain injury accident. A new life for everyone, so many unknowns so many difficult decisions. I met Claire and the team shortly after the accident. So many questions answered but more than that, amazing lovely people. Claire has been guiding me and the family throughout this ordeal with such compassion, there every time I needed her we couldn’t of asked for a nicer person. I have met many others with in Boyes Turner and all have been genuine lovely people, I’m now working with Ruth and Lindsay from the court of protection. Again, I can't say enough about them amazing lovely people. They truly do won't the best for my son and they did and continue to do so.

Barry Williams

"Personal Injury Claim"

Claire is exceptionally knowledgeable in the personal injury legal domain, especially in the specific area of my injury. From our very first conversation, she was clear in explaining the potential different routes that the process could take and provided me with expectations of what I could expect along the journey.

She ensured that all bases were covered, organising meetings, discussions and necessary specialist appointments, in order to bring together the case and take it forward. Claire was then able to use her extensive pool of contacts, to appoint an "area leading" barrister, to represent me.

Overall, I was very pleased with appointing Claire and Boyes Turner to act as my solicitor for the legal claim that I pursued. Thank you for all of your support.

Boyes Turner Client

"Boyes turner workplace injury claim"

I approached Claire Roantree of Boyes Turner in regards to making a claim about a workplace burns injury. It was something that had scarred me physically and mentally and taken a huge toll on the lives of me and my family. Claire wasted no time in finding out what happened and made sure I was treated by known experts and quickly finding an answer to my burns scarring and how I could be treated to help manage my pain. Claire also helped me by appointing a psychiatrist to understand my situation and help me cope with post traumatic stress disorder. As well as taking as much stress of the claim away, she was thorough in every situation, making sure I had the best possible claim, and handled it all expertly, I am so very grateful to her and her team. They have helped guide my life back into a positive direction and I can't thank her enough!

Boyes Turner Client

"Personal Injury claim"

Excellent service from Claire and her team at all times. We were kept up to date at each stage of our claim. The outcome was much better than we expected and we would not hesitate to recommend Boyes Turner to family and friends.

Boyes Turner Client
Rated Excellent 4.8/5